AGCO Blog Contest Finalist: Shannon Seifert

Our third finalist for the AGCO Blog Contest “Articulating Agriculture” is Shannon Seifert. Shannon is a dairy farmer from Minnesota, USA. Remember to vote for your favorite blogger all week! At Orange Patch Dairy, good nutrition and excellent feed quality...

November 3, 2010 by AGCO

AGCO Blog Contest Finalist: Shannon Seifert

Our third finalist for the AGCO Blog Contest “Articulating Agriculture” is Shannon Seifert. Shannon is a dairy farmer from Minnesota, USA. Remember to vote for your favorite blogger all week! At Orange Patch Dairy, good nutrition and excellent feed quality...

Our third finalist for the AGCO Blog Contest “Articulating Agriculture” is Shannon Seifert. Shannon is a dairy farmer from Minnesota, USA. Remember to vote for your favorite blogger all week!

At Orange Patch Dairy, good nutrition and excellent feed quality are the keys to happy and healthy cows. Our cows eat rations that are based primarily on forages (chopped plant material). Since forage is the key ingredient in our rations, we work every growing season to make the best possible forages for our cows. High quality forages also help us to reduce the amounts of feeds that we purchase to balance out our cows’ nutritional needs. Alfalfa and corn are the two sources of forage for our cows. We make 5 cuttings of alfalfa on 130 acres each season. Alfalfa haylage provides our cows’ protein and energy needed to make wholesome and nutritious milk. We strive to improve our haylage quality by chopping and cutting quickly, and we depend on our fleet of AGCO tractors and our Hesston Diskbine to make that possible. We cut our 130 acres of alfalfa in one day, allow it to dry, and merge and chop/harvest it on the following day. Timing is everything, because alfalfa that is too wet or too dry will not store well in silage bags. Even though our tractors are older, they are reliable, and that’s critical when making hay. Our cows’ well being depends on it.

Leave a comment.

  • =) Go Minnesota Agriculture!!!!
  • Wonderful! Dairy operations are a group of perfect processes! Amazing! Love Dairy!
  • Thanks Maru!
  • Very informative! It;s fun to learn about the life of a farmer.
  • I love reading about the hard work and dedication of dairy farmers! Great blog Shannon!
  • It is great to keep everyone informed on how things are going on the farm. I love the postings.
  • Shannon, Thanks for blogging about dairy farming and agriculture. Your blog is awesome!
  • Thanks everyone! We love producing food to feed the world...and our cows too!
  • Very informative, up-to-date, honest info. Good job on the blog and promoting ag!
  • Shannon - keep blogging - it's great to know how our food is made! You mean it didn't start out at the grocery store?
  • We love following Shannon and Orange Patch Dairy! Shannon is a wonderful spokesperson for agriculture and the dairy industry.
  • Excellent blog, Shannon! You're an excellent "agvocate!"
  • I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the great work sharing your dairy story.
  • MN dairy farmers feed the world
  • Shannon's blog should be read regularly by school children everywhere. What a great way for kids to learn about farming and especially dairy.
  • Since reading your blog, I think of the whole dairy industry and the care taken to produce safe food for the world. Farmers are awesome workers who never seem to tire. Keep up the good work!
  • Ah thanks everyone! Keep spreading the good word about agriculture!!!!
  • Best Ag blog on the net, period!
  • Wonderful blog! Shannon knows how to communicate!
  • Great blog about your dairy. Hope everyone will drink a glass of milk more a day...<br />Go Girl!
  • So interesting! The dairy industry has really taken off where I live. They are amazing operations!
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